Stephanie 'wonder goal' Roche nets deal with U.S. women's side Houston Dash

    Stephanie Roche's strike saw her take second place in FIFA's Puskas Award

    Story highlights

    • Stephanie Roche is off to America to play for Houston Dash in the U.S. Woman's National Football League
    • The Irish international striker scored a stunning goal which was nominated for the FIFA Puskas Award
    • Roche's goal came second to James Rodriguez' strike for Colombia against Uruguay at the World Cup last year
    • The 25-year-old's move to the U.S. follows a brief stint with French club ASPTT Albi

    (CNN)She scored the second best goal of 2014 and now Irish forward Stephanie Roche has landed herself a move to U.S. National Women's Soccer League side, Houston Dash.

    Roche's volley for Peamount United against Wexford Youths in a Irish league game watched by fewer than 100 spectators became the first goal scored by a woman to be named a finalist in the FIFA Puskas Award for goal of the year.
      "I am so excited about the signing of Stephanie, we are getting a player that has great technical ability, a superb left foot, and possibly the best goalscorer to come out of Ireland since (former international striker) Olivia O'Toole," Dash head coach Randy Waldrum said on the club's website.
      "Stephanie will bring a wealth of international experience to our team, and another great attacking option that is different from what we have already," he added.